Pathology, Diagnosis, and the DSM-5 Assignments

Pathology, Diagnosis, and the DSM-5

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review Chapter 3 and Chapter 6 in the course text and view the videos Depression and Its Treatments (Links to an external site.)OCD: One Patient’s Story (Links to an external site.)Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) (Links to an external site.) and The DSM-5 (Links to an external site.) screencast on how to access and use this resource and how to cite and reference the DSM-5. Utilize the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) (Links to an external site.) to support your analysis. Note that, in keeping with the focus of this class, the emphasis of your paper should be on the pathological aspects of the disorder you select to analyze.

To successfully complete this writing assignment,

1. Select a psychological disorder for comprehensive analysis from the following list (Choose only one.):

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· Major depressive disorder

· Bipolar disorder

· Anxiety

o Focus on only one of the anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder or social anxiety disorder).

· Post-traumatic stress disorder

· Obsessive-compulsive disorder

· Substance use disorder (substance abuse and addiction)

o Provide both an overview of this topic plus a focus on a single drug of your choice.

§ Your selection of topic should be based on your personal or professional experience or your own academic or personal interest in the topic. Be sure to use current terminology from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).

2. Based on the following requirements, create an outline (Links to an external site.) for your paper. Use this outline to determine the appropriate APA headings to be applied to your paper. To see APA guidelines for headings, visit APA Style Elements (Links to an external site.) in the Ashford Writing Center. Include the following in your paper:

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· Introduction of the diagnosis

· Explanation of at least one theory of etiology (causes) of the disorder

· Explanation of the associated factors in development of the disorder (genetic, environmental, familial, lifestyle)

· A summary of the diagnostic and research technologies employed in clinical diagnosis, clinical and behavioral healthcare, and clinical interventions

· Discussion of treatment options of the disorder

· An analysis of the predominance of the disorder in our current society

· Conclusion

3. Next, research your topic and obtain a minimum of two scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources published within the last five years. These sources should provide evidence-based information regarding the psychological features of the disorder. Be sure to cite these sources accurately in your paper and include them on your references page. Consider the following for this step:

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· You may utilize required or recommended course materials in your work, but these will not count toward the reference requirements; however, you may cite and reference the DSM-5 as one of your sources used for the grading credit.

· For support formatting your paper in APA, visit the Ashford Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) and Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.).

4. Write your assignment.

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· Suggestion: Complete your paper by the weekend to also take advantage of running a Paper Review (Links to an external site.) in the Ashford Writing Center to support your success.

5. Access the rubric (Links to an external site.) to confirm all required components have been addressed.

The Pathology, Diagnosis, and the DSM-5 writing assignment

· Must be a minimum of four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)

· Must include a separate title page with the following:

o Title of paper

o Student’s name

o Course name and number

o Instructor’s name

o Date submitted

§ For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).

· Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.

· Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.

o For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources.

· Must include APA headings. For formatting support, visit APA Style Elements (Links to an external site.) in the Ashford Writing Center.

· Must use at least two scholarly or peer-reviewed sources published within the last five years in addition to the course text or other course materials. You may also use required and recommended materials from the course but these will not count toward the research component of your grade.

o The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

o To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view this Ashford University Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the Ashford University Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.

· Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)

· Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.

Required Resources

Text

Getzfeld, A. R. (2018). Abnormal psychology (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu

· Chapter 3: Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

· Chapter 6: Depressive Disorders and Bipolar and Related Disorders

Book

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.) (Links to an external site.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

· This manual will support your understanding of diagnosis and treatment for mental illness. Note you will only be reviewing one to three pages and it will be based on specific disorders you choose to evaluate this week. It will assist you in your Anxiety and Depression: A Case Study discussion forum and Pathology, Diagnosis, and the DSM-5 assignment this week.
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Multimedia

Ashford University. (2018, August 8). The DSM-5 (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/The%2BDSM-5/0_wa13z8fy

· This web page provides information about how to access and use the DSM-5 and will assist you in your Anxiety and Depression: A Case Study discussion forum and Pathology, Diagnosis discussion forum and the DSM-5 assignment this week. This video has closed captioning.
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nature video. (2014, December 19). Depression and its treatments (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Yy8e4sw70ow

· This video provides information about the neural circuits affected in depression, as well as the molecular and cellular changes becoming better understood for treatment. This video will assist you in your Anxiety and Depression: A Case Study discussion forum and Pathology, Diagnosis, and the DSM-5 assignment this week. This video has closed captioning and a transcript.
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Sunnybrook Hospital. (2012, October 4). OCD: One patient’s story (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/x2JAXAmXd2w

· This video features a patient who has been diagnosed with OCD, as well as Dr. Peggy Richter, and discusses the illness as well as potential treatments. This resource will support your Anxiety and Depression: A Case Study discussion forum and Pathology, Diagnosis, and the DSM-5 discussion forum assignment this week. This video has closed captioning and a transcript.
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Web Page

Society of Clinical Psychology: Division 12. (n.d.). Case studies search (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.div12.org/case-studies/

· This web page will be utilized to identify a case study to analyze associated with your Anxiety and Depression: A Case Study discussion forum this week.
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Supplemental Material

Rosser-Majors, M. (2019). Week 2 Study Guide. Retrieved from https://www.ashford.instructure.com

· This study guide will help you prepare for your Week 2 Terminology Quiz and Week 2 Content Review this week.

Recommended Resources

Book

Ledley, D. R., Pai, A., & Franklin, M. E. (2007). Treating comorbid presentations: Obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression. In M. M. Anthony, C. Purdon, & L. J. Summerfeldt (Eds.), Psychological treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Fundamentals and beyond. (pp. 281–293). https://doi.org/10.1037/11543-013

· The full-text version of this chapter is available through the EBSCOhost database in the Ashford University Library. The chapter researches individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and additional psychological disorders, including other anxiety disorders and depression. The study reviews guidelines to differentiate OCD from other anxiety disorders and depression. This resource may helpful in supporting you with your assignments this week.

Article

Finley, E. P., Garcia, H. A., Ramirez, V. A., Haro, E. K., Mignogna, J., DeBeer, B., & Wiltsey-Stirman, S. (2019). Treatment selection among post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specialty care providers in the Veterans Health Administration: A thematic analysisPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000477

· The full-text version of this article is available through the EBSCOhost database in the Ashford University Library. This article researches several treatment options specific to veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Specific psychotherapies are assessed. This article may helpful in supporting you with your assignments this week.

Supplemental Material

Maryland Recovery. (n.d.). Holistic remedies to help with mental disorders and substance abuse cravings (Links to an external site.) [Educational brochure]. Retrieved from https://www.marylandrecovery.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/marylandRecovery_HolisticRemedies.pdf

· The brochure offers insight into holistic methods for addressing addiction and may support you in your assignments this week, as well as future writing assignments in this course.
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